Captain Chris Howard reports on his challenge to run 5 marathons in 5 days at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to raise money for Help for Heroes.
Captain Chris Howard has now completed his challenge of running 5 marathons in 5 days in the grounds of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst between the dates of Monday 25th June to Friday 29th June. In his blog, he thanks PhysioPod for their financial and physical support.
Captain Chris Howard's Blog Entry
I am now 45 years old and have spent all of my adult life serving in the British Army as a Physical Training Instructor and Combat Soldier.
On my return from Afghanistan I decided to represent injured soldiers by running various events for Help for Heroes.
This year I decided to take on my biggest challenge yet, five marathons in five days. As if this wasn't hard enough, I also decided to run each marathon round a 1 mile repetitive loop. Yes, 26 loops a day for five days.
When I announced this to the rest of thre World I was pleased to be contacted by Physiopod, who not only sponsored me financially but also offered me one of their portable Physiopod products. I have used the Physiopod throughout my training, the challenge and my recovery phases. During the challenge itself I had access to a Physiotherapist who massaged me and gave me traditional recovery activities, such as ice baths, massage and flexibility exercises. In addition we also extensively utilised the Physiopod. I found this to be a more relaxing and comfortable way of maintaining and recovering from a highly intensive endurance challenge. In particular, I found the ability to use physiopod through the physiotherapist's hands very useful. This gave the Physiotherapist the ability to massage and utilise electrotherapy at the same time.
Needless to say, it is impossible to do a high-intensive endurance event without obtaining some very sore joints. Therefore, the utilisation of Physiopod during my recovery phase has been excellent. After only half a week I am already conducting low impact cardiovascular fitness activities.
I have done many of these ultra-endurance events previously for Help for Heroes and have, not surprisingly, suffered from the effects before, during and afterwards. This time, however, I feel that Physiopod has minimised the pain and damage on my body and significantly and enhanced my recovery dramatically.
Thank you Physiopod.
Captain Chris Howard AGC (ETS) | SO3 Coaching Advisory Team The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4PQ
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, centre for coaching excellence. The RMAS Coaching Advisory Team was formed on the 25 July 2011, its function is to collaboratively develop and maintain the highest standards of coaching within the Academy.
Previous Military Fundraising Events that Captain Chris Howard has organised and participated in.
- 2004 - Organised a charity boxing event raising £12,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund
- 2008 - Ran a half marathon around a helicopter landing site in Musa Qala, Afghanistan raising over £5,000 for Help for Heroes
- 2009 - Ran a full marathon wearing Ospray body armour around Winchester training camp raising just under £6,000 for Help for Heroes
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Mary Fickling and Julie Soroczyn
Sisters and Directors of PhysioPod™ UK Ltd
Captain Chris Howard and Julie Soroczyn, MD of PhysioPod met in May to discuss how PhysioPod could best support Captain Howard in his challenge
The grounds of Sandhurst were the venue for the 5 marathons in 5 days challenge.
Julie Soroczyn joins Captain Howard and colleagues for several laps on the final day.
Rehabilitation tent including the ice bath!
Captain Chris Howard and Andy Harvey, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Army Rugby Union Senior XV
Proper hydration during the event ensured optimum performance.
Captain Chris Howard and Julie Soroczyn at the Finish Line